Stop Messing With Those Rosters
It’s November. Thanksgiving is around the corner and leagues are limping through the off-season. With the hot stove warming up, it makes little sense to trade right now because we don’t know who will sign where come March. Will Matt Kemp still be in Dodger blue? Will Robinson Cano don pinstripes? With so much left to the unknown, why are owners dropping a slew of players and tipping their respective hands?
In Ottoneu, arbitration just ended leading to no less than 100 emails letting me know who was cut. In other formats such as ESPN, I can only imagine how many owners have already tagged their keepers with “K’s” and released the rest back into the free agent pool. Look, I’m probably more OCD than any owner in the Ottoneu Experts League. At present, I’m the only manager with an updated trading block including prices and my roster organizer is meticulous. That doesn’t mean I’m dropping anybody though.
I know Matt Kemp isn’t worth $49, just like you do, but he’s still on my roster. What if Kemp was dealt to Boston? Might another owner be interested in a trade then?
Speaking of outfielders, I also have Jason Heyward at $33 heading into 2014. Am I keeping him? No, but he’ll be rostered until the final day of cuts. Why? Remove those two names from my outfield and what’s left is Adam Jones, Alex Rios, Starling Marte, Alfonso Soriano and Marlon Byrd as a fifth guy. It’s a decent group, but another manager would be wise to offer me outfielders at a premium. Having fall back options — even bad ones — helps shield me from having to overpay heavily. Exile both from the roster in frustration and options are eliminated. Always remember ANY option is better than NO option.
How about that Josh Johnson signing? Have you already checked in on what he’d cost in a dynasty league? Obviously, it would be buying at a low which I’ll never try to dissuade a reader from. When negotiating for his services, you might want to consider these talking points when Johnson’s owner asks for the PETCO price bump.
1. JJ’s walks have risen pretty much every season and PETCO won’t guarantee a bigger strike zone.
2. JJ has always had a low home run rate, combined with solid ground ball numbers.
I know Johnson to the Padres has fantasy owners excited about him again, but he doesn’t have the profile of a guy whose value will be greatly affected by the ballpark. Of course he has already been one of the best pitchers in the game and PETCO helps everybody — even Edinson Volquez. Carry on, but don’t splurge just because he has found a friendlier home park.
4 Feb 2014 / Mike Newman /
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